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Success Hails Young Nigeria Players’ Transition From U-17 Teams

Success Hails Young Nigeria Players’ Transition From U-17 Teams

Watford of England forward, Isaac Success has hailed the progression he and a few of the Nigeria players have made right from the Golden Eaglets (U-17) to the Super Eagles in such a short time, Complete Sports reports.

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Success posted a photo of himself and Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho on his instagram page soon after the duo helped Nigeria book a return to the African Nations Cup following the 1-1 draw against South Africa on Saturday in their
penultimate game of the qualifiers.

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”We are through to AFCON2019 #supereagles #13 @kelechi72, from under 17 to the Super Eagles we are going places bro,” the
Watford star, isaacsuccess11 wrote on his instagram page.

Success and Iheanacho were in the Golden Eaglest team that won the 15th FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

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Super Eagles’ first choice goalie, Francis Uzoho was also in the squad coached by Manu Garba.

Apart from the trio, Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles also have another set of young players who have also graduated from the FIFA U-17 World Cup as champions.

The duo of Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze played in the 2015 Golden Eaglets set that successfully defended the FIFA-U-17 World Cup won two years earlier.

If Arsenal loanee, Kelechi Nwakali is added to the mix, Rohr’s Eagles to the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroun next year could boast of formee six U-17 World Cup winners.

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  • Well done Isaac Success for that your fantastic goal on sarturday in johannesburg. Don’t mind the ref.

    God bless Nigeria.

    • Abah-fada 5 years ago

      Sorry! It was actually Ahmed Musa who put it in the net. But, kudos to both Kelechi and Success for their progression from the U17-20-23 And Super Eagles.

  • Victor 5 years ago

    Benefits of MRI

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      You are right @ victor…the introduction of MRI screening has done our football a lot of good. It has also brought credibility to our successes at youth level as we now have truely young…if not exactly U17 players donning the colours of our national you teams. The error band is said to be + 0r – 3 years with makes it more acceptable then when we used to have 30yr old masquerading as U17 players. Thats why none of our U!17 WC winning team of 2007 are nowhere to be found now…except for Dele Ajiboye. And thanks to the NFF U13 and U15 programs as well as Coach Manu Garba for the extensive nation wide scouting that gave rise to the 2013 and 2015 teams. We are only just begining to reap the benefits of these guys hardwork now…and we will surely continue to for many years to come.

  • The age grade competitions and the products have benefited Nigeria football, particularly the senior team. In retrospect, the fine performances of players like Mobi Oparaku, Kanu Nwankwo, Wilson Oruma, Celestine Babayaro and others ensured great achievements for Nigeria in the mid 90s, especially at Atlanta Olympics. 
    Before the recent times, we have also had the era of players like Chinedu Ogbuke, Taiwo Taye, Isaac capt, Mikel Obi, Nsoffor, sani kaita, Adeleye, Apam, the offshoot of under 20 silver winning side in 2005 dominated our football, winning silver at the Bejing Olympic in 2008 under Siasia.

    Today, it’s amazing to see young lads who won Laurels for the country at the under 17 level in 2013 and 2015 respectively progressing into the national team.There is no better time than to realise such dreams. Kudos to players like Iheanacho, Success Isaac, Ndidi, Awoniyi, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze.

    Did you know that Ahmed Musa was a product of the age grade tournmanent?